Somebody's About to Get Fired
February 21, 2022
Size (h w d): 48 x 36 x 1.5 in
Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
This piece focuses on Michelangelo's "David" statue and harkens back to Bryce's piece "Hematoma." In this piece, we see David's head lying on the ground in front of the legs, with shards of marble laying around it. The inspiration comes from photos of a "David" replica at a cemetery in Glendale, California that toppled over and shattered in 2020.
"That cemetery apparently has had six replicas of the 'David' since 1937," says Bryce. "They keep breaking, mostly due to earthquakes. When I saw the image, I immediately thought that someday the real 'David' is going to break. And when it does, someone's getting fired. You read stories about people acting like idiots by drawing on famous artworks or performing hilariously incompetent restorations, like 'Ecce Mono.' Someday that's going to happen to a really famous piece. I thought this would be an interesting painting to explore that concept, combining beauty and humor. It’s a reminder that nothing lasts forever, so we should enjoy beautiful art while we have it."